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Officially launched at the 2019 Royal Highland Show, Avva Pink Scottish Gin was in development for over 6 months. Perfecting the recipe and ensuring the right combination of fruit, picked locally from Wester Hardmuir fruit farm in Nairn, took time and patience. A proper gin at 40% ABV, it can be served neat over ice, paired with Rose Lemonade or Rhubarb Tonic or topped up with Prosecco for a sparkling gin cocktail.
Moray Distillery, established in 2016, can be found in the heart of the old Cathedral city of Elgin in the world famous Speyside area of the Scottish Highlands. Steeped in history and tradition, this part of Scotland is known to many as the whisky distillery heartland of the world. Founder and distiller Jill Brown is responsible for all areas of production, including distilling, filling, and hand numbering and signing of all bottles on site.
Distilled Gins are similar to London Dry Gins, except natural or artificial flavourings can be added after the distillation process. The flavours can vary greatly and some gins can often cross over to other gin styles, for example where sugars have been added to created an Old Tom style gin or maceration with fruit to create a Flavoured Gin. Some Distilled Gins also follow the London Dry style to the letter but go on to include additional botanical/s to their gin post-distillation and therefore can’t be classed as a London Dry Gin. Distilled Gin is sometimes referred to as Contemporary, New American, New Western or International style gin.
Moray Distillery is based in Elgin and in 2021 underwent a number of improvements, including reopening to tours and tastings throughout the year. The bespoke still at Moray Distillery was made in Elgin by local copper work specialists Speyside Copper Works. Named after the founder's grandmothers, the still known as Jessie Jean (or J-J) is at the heart of the distillery.